Formby Beach

Formby beach is a spacious stretch of beach backed by extensive sand dunes giving it a much more rural feel than its neighbours. Beyond the dunes are sweeping coastal pinewoods which are home to the red squirrels.

Considering its position between Liverpool and Southport Formby beach surprisingly manages to retain much of its wild feel. Hopefully this will continue for many years as this section of coast is now owned by the National Trust.

Low tide at Formby reveals prehistoric mud layers which are constantly being eroded. If you look closely you may be lucky enough to see human and animal footprints which date back from 3,500 to 7,000 years ago.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs exercise area.

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  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Shop

Nearest town



L37 2EJ

OS grid ref.

SD 2701 0633


Parking available - charges apply

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Formby Beach Reviews

I'm local.

Jun 26th 2022

So many lovely walks at Formby. Personally wouldn’t bother with summer weekends after 10am or bank holidays full-stop. You will struggle to park and it can get rowdy. Much better to visit midweek (any month), preferably morning. If you’re a walker, Fishermen’s Path (Freshfield) is lovely. Or alternately park near St Lukes Church in Formby and head on foot towards the beach. The water quality is generally good for dipping your feet in (not for swimming).Occasionally there’s sea foam which is best avoided.

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